PAL plans to fly to New York, Paris

Posted at 07/23/2012 8:04 PM | Updated as of 07/24/2012 6:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning non-stop flights to Paris, New York, Milan, London and Toronto, its president Ramon S. Ang said on Monday.

Ang made the announcement during a PAL event in a Makati hotel on Monday evening.

PAL is said to be launching its flight to Toronto later this year.

No details were yet available on when the country's flagship carrier will begin its planned flights to the 3 European cities and New York.

PAL currently flies to North America, namely San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Honolulu in the US and Toronto in Canada.

PAL does not have any flights to Europe.

However, PAL's expansion plans may be hampered since the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) classified the Philippines as a Category 2 nation. This means PAL cannot increase its flights to the US or change aircraft types.

Philippine airlines also have been banned from operating in member-states of the European Union since 2010. - Report from Lois Calderon, ANC